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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Ed tickets now going for shocking €1,200 despite anti-tout plan

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

It seems not even Ed Sheeran's best efforts can beat the touts.

Tickets for the singer's Irish tour dates are appearing on secondary ticketing sites for more than €1,200 - despite strict anti-tout rules imposed on the concerts by the English star.

Passes with heavily inflated price tags can be found on eBay and reselling site viagogo.ie.

Sheeran will play Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, kicking-off at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork next May 4, with a second date there the following day.

Identification

He will then play Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast on May 9 before Galway's Pearse Stadium on May 12 and May 13.

His Dublin dates will see him play the Phoenix Park on May 16 and 18.

Regular tickets for the Cork, Dublin and Galway shows were originally sold through Ticketmaster for €81 and €91.

Promoters have said resold tickets will not be valid for entry and concert-goers will have to provide their booking confirmation, credit card and a valid form of identification.

"Ed and his team have a strict stance against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit," said a statement.

"On this tour, any tickets that are resold will not be valid - this means no profit to touts and no one getting ripped off."

However, touts are already getting round the restrictions by simply arranging to enter the concert with those who buy their extra tickets.

One reseller on an online classifieds site advises that they will enter the concert with the buyers in order to provide the ID and credit card needed for entry.

Frustrate

The listings will frustrate punters, who were subjected to three-hour waits in a virtual queue for tickets on official release.

The singer, who spent much of his childhood in Ireland, had sold more than 300,000 tickets for the seven shows by yesterday.

Organisers of the tour thanked Sheeran and his team, who have "created history" with the record- breaking number of tickets sold.

Fans were left frustrated by long queues, but patience paid off for many who were delighted to get their hands on a ticket.

Some determined fans had taken to queuing overnight as they eagerly anticipated tickets to see the Shape Of You singer going on sale on Saturday morning.

First in line in Dublin were Finglas sisters Catherine and Rebecca Douglas.

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